Dog owners planning on taking their furry friends for a run on the beach on the east coast may soon find they need to bone up on a series of new restrictions which the local council is planning to introduce.
The proposed regulations around dogs’ access to the beaches in Skegness, Mablethorpe and Sutton on Sea beaches have been outlined this week by East Lindsey District Council.
The local authority introduced a measure called a Public Space Protection Order, (PSPO), in 2017 to protect the general environment, including a number of controls on dogs’ access to the area’s beaches.
The move was designed to reduce dog fouling and introduced zones which owners and their pets could not visit.
The existing order is due to expire in November this year and the council is proposing to introduce new control measures when it renews it, LincolnshireLive reports.
If implemented, these new regulations would be in place for the next three years.
The planned new rules would allow authorised officers to request that dogs are placed on leads, with registered blind dog owners and assistance dogs remaining exempt from the order.
The order would also make it an offence not to remove dog poo from public and private roads or footpaths or any other land that is open to the air and the public have access to.
Large areas of Skegness, Sutton on Sea and Mablethorpe beaches would also maintain a ban on all dogs from May 1 to September 30.
In the same period, dogs would be required to be on leads and be kept away from children’s play areas and paddling pools at all times.
This would apply to any open spaces which have been identified in the order.
An authorised person would be able to request a dog be put on their lead if they felt the dog was out of control or causing alarm or distress to members of the public.
Councillor Graham Marsh, deputy leader of the council and portfolio holder for community safety said: “The Public Space Protection Order is a great way to keep our county a clean and safe environment for our residents and children.
“We want to ensure it remains this way and by controlling our dogs and cleaning up after them is a sure way of accomplishing this.”
The district council said it would welcome people’s views on the proposed amendments.
Feedback can be left on its website.
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